Dalbergia sissoo (fruit)
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Common name: Indian Rosewood.
Common Hindi name: Shisham.
Plant: 30m. Medium to large deciduous tree.
Leaves: 15cm long. Alternate, pinnately compound.
Flowers: Whitish to pink, 1cm long and in dense clusters 5-10cm in length.
Fruits: Pods, oblong, flat, thin, 3-7cm long, 10-12mm wide. They contain 1-5 flat bean-shaped seeds 7-9mm long.
Sissoo is native to the foothills of the Himalayas of India, Pakistan and Nepal. It is primarily found growing along river banks below 900m elevation, but can ranges naturally up to 1500m.
Sissoo is among the finest cabinet, furniture and veneer timbers. The heartwood is golden to dark brown, and sapwood white to pale brownish white. The heartwood is extremely durable, and is very resistant to dry-wood termites; but the sapwood is readily attacked by fungi and borers.
Some ethnic groups in Cameroon are said to relish eating fresh young leaves of sissoo. Sissoo is a desirable shade tree in tropical and subtropical regions. Many medicinal uses for its fresh leaves, dried bark, and wood raspings are reported from its native region. Sissoo is reported to be a stimulant used in folk medicine and remedies.
For Dalbergia sisso (flower), please click here.
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Great looking pods Nirmal, you have captured the shades of green very well, great variation in colours and shapes, a worthy upload combined with great information. regards h
- [2008-05-10 23:19]
C'est toujours intéressant de découvrir des plantes d'autres continents !
Hello Nirmal, splendid capture of this Indian Rosewood with superb clarity. Your notes are also usefull. TFS my friend. Cheers,
- [2008-05-11 10:07]
I love the wood of this tree and to see a fine image of its pods and foliage is an enlightening experience. You have made a fine well-exposed and sharp image of this and I thank you for sharing it.
Best wishes, Ivan